Baseball wins final game

T he Whitehall boy’s baseball team wrapped up its regular season with a dominating win over Hadley-Luzerne last Thursday.

The Railroaders pounded out 21 hits en route to a 21-6 victory.

Justin Hoagland recorded five hits, including two doubles, and drove in three runs. Brett Christian drove in four runs and scored four times, Paxton DeLorme had a pair of doubles, and Dillon Griffin had three hits, two RBIs and scored four times.

Christian picked up the win on the mound, limiting Hadley-Luzerne to six runs and 10 hits as he evened his record to 4-4 on the season.

The Railroaders scored early and often, plating 18 runs in the first three innings, including 9 in the first inning.

The 21 runs scored was the team’s highest total all season.

The win improved the Railroaders’ record to 10-6 in the regular season and continued a resurgence under second-year head coach Jason Hoagland.

The team has won 17 games over the course of the last two seasons and qualified for the Section II tournament for the second consecutive year. Prior to last season, Whitehall’s baseball team hadn’t made Sectionals since 2005.

The Railroaders were awarded a 10th seed in a very difficult Class C bracket.

Since 1979 there has been a Class C and Class CC bracket, but they were combined this year, making for an extremely deep and difficult tournament.

The bracket includes three league champions — Hoosic Valley, Lake George, and Rensselaer — as well as traditional powers such as Fort Plain, Hoosick Falls and Greenwich.

Whitehall was scheduled to play seventh seeded Schoharie Wednesday evening (results weren’t available before the paper went to press).

Schoharie finished the season 9-9 and lost its league championship to Saratoga Catholic Central.

If the Railroaders win their opening game, they would advance to face the winner of Cambridge and Rensselaer at 4 p.m. today.

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